Wednesday, 6 July, 2022
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Rainfall: Blessing from the Almighty

Jubayer Ahmad

We cannot survive without water. Not only for human beings, but water is essential for trees, plants, animals and other living beings. Ninety percent animal and human cells are made up of water. So, without water we are unable to  survive. We know that nearly 97 percent of earth’s water are saline water and undrinkable. On the other hand rainwater is safe and drinkable. Many communities across the world depend on rainwater as their main source of drinking water. Animals, plants and crops are also heavily dependent on rainwater to survive. If it does not rain, farming cannot be done, crops will not grow. Rain is  essential for agriculture. Basically, without rainfall there would be no existence of life on earth. It is a mercy from the Almighty. According to the holy Qur‘an, rainfall is a great blessing from Allah. Allah (SWT) says: ‘And We sent down from the sky of blessing water. We then grow it with the trees and the seeds of the plants that are plotted.’ (Sura Qaaf: 9). According to Islam, one of the four important angels, Mikael (AS) is in charge of rain and sustenance. Allah (SWT) has bestowed upon  him the responsibility of overseeing plants and rain.

Allah (SWT) has mentioned about rain throughout the holy Qur‘an. Allah, the Almighty, has described the subsequent stages of rain in the Qur‘an. ‘It is Allah who sends the winds, and they stir the clouds and spread them in the sky however He wills, and break them into fragments, until you see rain-drops issue from the midst thereof: then when He has made them reach such of his servants as He wills behold, they do rejoice!’ (Sura Room: 48). According to the Ayah, there are three stages of rain.

As rainfall is a great blessing from Allah, the Messenger of Allah (Pbuh) used to make Duwa and ask for forgiveness when it rains. Here are some acts that we can do when it rains: Feeling happiness and thanking Allah (SWT): When it doesn’t rain we perform Salatul Istisqa and ask Allah (SWT) for rain, but when it rains, we do not thank our creator.  As rainfall is a great blessing (Niamat) given by Allah (SWT), a Muslim should feel happy when it rains. Because a natural feeling of happiness comes when a person get a blessing (niamat) form Allah (SWT). ‘Say in the bounty of Allah and in his mercy in that let them rejoice; it is better that what they accumulate.’ (Sura Younus: 58). Showing gratefulness to Allah (SWT) is one of the concepts mostly emphasized in the Qur’an. We should always be thankful to Allah (SWT) for giving us the blessing of rain.

Reciting Duwa when it rains: It was a common practice of the Messenger of Allah (Pbuh) to reciting this beautiful Duwa during rain. The Messenger of Allah (Pbuh) used to say: ‘Allahumma Soyeban Nafi’ah’ which means, ‘May Allah grant us beneficial rain’. According to another Hadith narrated by Ayesha, the mother of believers, When it rained the Messenger of Allah would say: ‘Allahummaj’alhu Sayyiban nafi`a. (O Allah, make it beneficial rain).’ (Snan Nasayee).

Standing under the rain: It is a very important Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (Pbuh) to stand under the rain. It is a matter of sorrow that many people are not aware that it is a Sunnah. It was a practice of the last Messenger, Muhammad (Pbuh) to stand in the rain and to expose a portion of his body to it. Anas Ibn Malik (Ra) narrated, It rained upon us as we were with the Messenger of Allah (Pbuh). The Messenger of Allah (Pbuh) unveiled his garment (from a part of his body) until the rain fell on him. We said: Messenger of Allah, why did you do this? He said: Because it (the rainfall) has come from the Almighty Allah.’ (Sahih Muslim). According to another Hadith, ‘When the rain came down from the heavens the prophet (Pbuh) used to remove his garment from his back until the rain fell on it (his back).’ (Mustadrak Hakim).

Duwa (supplication) during rain:  A Muslim can ask Allah (SWT) whatever he wishes as so long that it is not Haram (prohibited). Because it is one of the most appropriate  time for acceptance of supplication. Sahl Ibn Sa’s (Ra) narrated that The Messenger of Allah (Pbuh) said, ‘Two prayers (Dua) that are not rejected: The Dua when the call to prayer (Azan) is made and the Dua made when it rains.’ (Mustadrak Hakim).

 

The writer is khatib of Baitus Shafiq Mosque and principal of Baitul Hikmah Academy, Gazipur